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Librarian Bloggers at CIL Make CBS News!

We’ve made CBS News, or at least the CBS Marketwatch web site. Seems they’ve discovered that not all librarians fit their low-tech stereotype. When you hit this link for the article, the top story you may see is a different one about bloggers, but scroll down a couple of postings, for the real news—about the Computers in Libraries conference and librarians who are way cool and get it!

See you all at the keynote this morning!

Nancy Garman
Director, Conference Development
Information Today, Inc.

Check Out LISNews

Blake Carver’s LISNews site has been a labor of love, and a catalyst for change within the library community since late 1999. An online community and collaborative weblog for librarians, comprised of news, blogs, and articles, LISNews made news itself when it provoked and then responded to the recent Michael Gorman LJ article, Revenge of the Blog People, about blogs and bloggers.

According to Carver, about 30-40 people have author permissions to LISNews, although only a few post on any given day. He mused about how many is the right number for a collaborative blog, discussed pros and cons, such as issues of consistency, varying styles, the lack of editors, and concluded that some of the LISNews strengths are also its weaknesses.

This session was a don’t-miss for me, since the conference blog you are reading right here is also a collaborative effort, although very different from LISNews—we are working as a project team, and are professional editors and reporters exploring a new publication medium.

The LISNews bloggers are pros. Add it to your list of sites to watch!

Nancy Garman
Director, Conference Development
Information Today, Inc.

Tips for Keeping Up

The session on Tips for Keeping Up that I heard on Wednesday afternoon didn’t share quite enough tips to make it possible for me to get this report up until more than 24 hours after it happened. Clearly, I need more advice on keeping up than just the tips the speakers (Genie Tyburski, Steven Cohen, and Gary Price) shared with the audience. Here are some highlights from my scribbled notes.

Genie said:
– Set limits – on how much you read and monitor
– Control your email (use disposable email addresses for temporary projects and use RSS)
– Keep backups, more than one, and be prepared for disaster
– Try using TrackEngine to monitor changes to web pages
– Her favorite tools are: Bloglines, Yahoo Mail, TrackEngine, a jump drive, and an external drive

Steven gave his 10-step program for keeping up, but I couldn’t keep up fast enough to write it all down. Check the CIL web site for his presentation to get all 10 steps. He said, don’t browse, make the information come to you. Use RSS, but more important, use the methods that work for you, whether it’s RSS, IM, email, print, and then use the technology. Remember who you work for and why, and then prioritize your work and your life.

By the time Gary reached the podium, I lost all hope of keeping up! But his presentation will also be posted on the web site, with plenty of links to help you, too, keep up!

Lots of luck!

Nancy Garman
Director, Conference Development
Information Today, Inc.

More Notable Quotes, Day Two

“[Someday] Google could be the academic library—that’s certainly how our students see it.” —Laverna Saunders, discussing the possible future of academic libraries.

“Patching is a good thing.” —SUNY’s John Patti on trying to educate students about keeping mobile computers safe for use on wireless networks.

Kathy Dempsey
Editor, Computers in Libraries magazine